Video on demand Planet eStream

Video On Demand

Create your own ‘YouTube’ style web based platform to provide simple around the clock access to your media library for both educators and students. Make your media library more than just a video repository. The flexible format support enables users to upload a whole range of digital assets including videos, photos, audio and documents. Built in learning tools, designed specifically for education dramatically increases student engagement and flips the traditional passive video viewing model into an interactive and active learning experience.

Create your own ‘YouTube’ Style Media Library

Planet eStream’s flexibility to upload practically any digital media asset is unrivalled. This ease of upload, coupled with an intuitive, customisable and responsive HTML5 interface delivers a truly user friendly experience. Staff and students can easily upload their own content and browse and view available content seamlessly.

Create your very own media library with Planet eStream

“The absolute beauty of Planet eStream is that it is an incredibly sophisticated product, which is also very easy to use. At its simplest level, it makes media storage and sharing easy, but you can also dive deeper and use more complex tools to create and share content and bespoke learning resources.” Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

“With Planet eStream, we now have one central database where all student presentation videos can be found, instead of on VHS and DVDs scattered around teaching staff and departments. This increased flexibility and accessibility in using recordings has encouraged and enabled more curriculum areas to make better use of ILT, enhancing the learning experience for all learners" Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Learning Resources, Bath College

Quick Look Video – Planet eStream Media Library

Learn how easy it is to create your own secure ‘YouTube’ style media library with Planet eStream.

Virtual Class Tool

This fantastic tool enables educators to present and discuss video content with their class remotely.

Educators can choose the video content they want to present and control playback for students. The built-in chat box adds a great collaborative tool, enabling two-way communication between educators and students.

Live streams can also be incorporated into a Virtual Class, meaning that educators can live stream their camera feed, alongside other materials such as documents, presentations and videos. Planet eStream Virtual Classes can also be embedded into other learning platforms.

You can also access the Virtual Class tool when using our Microsoft Teams App, find out more here

Planet eStream Virtual Class Tool

The Planet eStream Web Recorder

A game changing tool for educators and students, enabling recording of video content directly from the web browser without any need to roll out dedicated applications.

Working in Google Chrome, on either Windows or Mac computers, users can now record from attached live sources including cameras and video capture devices. You can also capture your desktop/screen and even record two inputs simultaneously using the picture in picture function.

This is a fantastic tool to support educators in creating tutorials, learning resources and in providing video feedback to students. Students can create their own video based assignment submissions and enrich their project work with video content.

The Planet eStream Web Recorder is also accessible via selected VLE plugins – find out more about VLE plugins here

Planet eStream Web Recorder

Content Management Tools…

Create Photosets

Photosets offer a simple but effective option for adding multiple images and photos to the Planet eStream Media Library. Users can upload a series of images to create a photoset; this can either be as individual images, a zip file or even a PowerPoint presentation. The images can then be tagged with relevant metadata to make them searchable and sharable like any other digital asset within the Planet eStream media library. Viewers can choose to view images individually or as a slide show and there is also the option to allow users to download individual images from photosets.

The Planet eStream Photo Module provides advanced photo management and includes all the tools required to create a dedicated image library. Find out more here

Photosets in Planet eStream

“Teaching staff have praised the ease with which they can rename or delete videos and create playlists and chapters, which in turn enables them to structure individual lessons to suit specific learning goals. It is also easy to add notes and other resources to videos to create composite lessons.” Donna Vaughan, Curriculum Services Team, C2k NI

Share and Embed your Media

All content on Planet eStream can be shared, either by web links or embed codes. Web links allow simple distribution of content, embed codes offer your users the ability to take their selected content and directly embed this into other platforms such as VLEs/LMSs and websites. Both methods have the ability to remove permission based restrictions or bypass any authentication to make sure the content is viewable by the chosen audience.

Planet eStream also enables your users to create ‘widgets’ and embed these into other platforms. Widgets can take the form of a carousel, slider or grid and contain thumbnail links to specific content that is user defined and completely customisable. A common example of how Planet eStream users make use of this feature is the creation of a widget for a specific subject category or course category within Planet eStream with the instruction to populate it with recently added content. The widget would then be embedded into a course page within their chosen platform i.e. a VLE and dynamically updates as new media is added to that specific subject category. This is a great way of syndicating fresh curriculum relevant media content via your VLE course or subject pages without ongoing administration or time overhead by your staff.

Embed your media into any VLE or Learning Platform.

We have specific plugins with enhanced functionality available for the following VLEs.

Planet estream and enhanced VLE functionality

“Being able to embed TV programmes, photosets and videos into Moodle has definitely widened our teaching scope. The fact that playlists are quick and easy to build using Planet eStream and then embed into Moodle is proving invaluable, too.” Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources, Bath College

Control your Media

Any media library will grow exponentially over time, it is therefore imperative that content is indexed and stored in a structure that suits your organisation from the outset. As an ‘out of the box’ solution you can opt to implement the built in settings as a default or have complete control over the libraries look, feel and structure. This includes the tools to create an organised category tree with infinite sub categories and custom metadata fields for tagging content. These custom metadata fields can take the form of check boxes, radio buttons, drop down lists, and free text, as well as the ability to make certain fields mandatory. These custom fields also make it easy for end users to mark content as private or for staff use only and to rate content as suitable for different age ranges of students.

By combining integration with your chosen authentication method and the flexible permissions structure that Planet eStream offers, administrators can easily control what content users can access. This allows access to certain media to be restricted, for example staff only or age related policies. You can read more about permissions and supported authentication options for Planet eStream here .

Share and Embed your media with planet estream

"The ability to filter access through active directory groups has enabled colleagues to ensure content is suitable for different age groups and abilities. For example, the PSHE teachers are able to direct students to age appropriate resources by setting playlist controls." Sam Adams – Oxford Spires Academy

Subtitle Editor

In addition to automatic transcription services, there is also a Subtitle Editor. This enables users to create subtitles, edit existing transcriptions and upload or download subtitle files

Automatic Transcriptions



Media Library Info Sheet

Key Highlights of the Planet eStream Media Library

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